Parents' Guide to

Found

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Far-fetched missing persons procedural highlights racism.

TV NBC Drama 2023
Found TV show poster: Shanola Hampton as Gabi Mosely standing in purple jacket.

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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Great introductions to taking with your teen.

This is an excellent show, but be warned it covers extremely difficult subject matter, including child trafficking, kidnapping, drug use, etc. Two things that make this show unique is the focus on finding these missing persons, rather than a crime show where the victim is already dead, and the personal experiences of the Found team and how they are all dealing with and managing their own trauma with varying degrees of success. It’s excellent in its portrayal of people “living around” trauma, how there is a will to go on, even if it is imperfect. The love and care the team has for each other is inspiring and a great model for how to treat each other and for how to lovingly care for people without enabling. While I would not recommend it for children, and even for many teens, the subject matter may be too extreme, this show could also be seen as an excellent opportunity to have some of these harder discussions with your teen, if the show is one you watched together. While these stories are not ripped from the headlines,” they each address real problems in our society, and as such, there needs to be more conversations about them. This show offers those opportunities without being preach or overly dramatic or reliant on trauma porn. Highly recommend- just be advised of the maturer content.

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The character-driven crime procedural is inspired by real-life missing person firms that offer alternatives outside of police departments to search for missing loved ones who have been forgotten. Found successfully underscores how race and ethnicity affect the way law enforcement and larger society value the lives of those who have disappeared, and the media bias (often referred to as "missing White girl syndrome") that exists as a result. It also highlights the long-term effects abduction can have on those who survived their kidnapping, as well as their loved ones. But Found also offers some over-the-top plot lines for the sake of entertainment, making the series feel very far-fetched. Nonetheless, it's a procedural that's easy to get caught up in.

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